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Call to States — Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018

We, human rights defenders from all over the world, demand that as of now States publicly commit to adopting national action plans for change, in consultation with the human rights defender’s community.

A human rights defender is somebody who demands justice and dignity for us all. Some expose corruption and call for those in power to face justice. Some demand basic services, such as health, education, housing to be widely available. Some defend the right for anyone to live according to their own gender and sexual orientation. Some are women who defend the right of every woman to choose their own life freely, without being forced into marriage or maternity. Some are farmers and communities that want to protect their land from pollution and from businesses that bleed the land dry of precious resources like water and forests. They are brave – but regular – people. And they’re under attack.

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